The Religion and Spirituality in Society Journal

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Black Church Leaders’ Attitudes about Seeking Mental Health Services: Role of Religiosity and Spirituality

African Americans underutilize the mental health system because of the historical legacy of slavery and racism. Those with higher levels of spirituality and religiosity do not seek mental health services.

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Published online: September 6, 2016

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Protest As Prayer: Paul Ricoeur and the Surplus of Political Meaning

This is a theoretical work of religious philosophy using Paul Ricoeur's developing thought on symbols, metaphors, and narrative and explores its possibilities for understanding a comparison of protest and prayer.

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Published online: August 17, 2016

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The Misrepresentation of Christianity Caused by Colonialism: The Canadian Experience

F. Scott Fitzgerald once said that the mark of genius is the ability to hold two opposite ideas in the mind at the same time.

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Published online: August 8, 2016

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Denial or Sustenance? Hong Kong Women’s Spirituality in Face of Life Crises

An examination of the experience of Christian and Daoist women in Hong Kong finds that the demarcation between submission and liberation in spiritual attainment are no longer applicable, but misleading.

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Published online: August 3, 2016

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Mystical Qur’anic Exegesis and the Canonization of Early Sufis in Sulamī’s “Ḥaqāʾiq al-Tafsīr”

This paper investigates how hadith master Sulamī established Sufi saints as qur'anic authorities in eleventh century Persia by claiming a genealogical link to the first generation of Muslims.

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Published online: July 27, 2016

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Jesus' Teaching on Divorce: Lessons for Fruitful Feminist Engagement with Society

This paper argues against the opinion that Christianity is inherently misogynist and patriarchal. It demonstrates how Christianity’s core message is liberation from every form of oppression, including gender-based ones.

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Published online: July 8, 2016

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Music in Religion, Religion in Music: Christian Faith and Confucian Filial Piety in the Lifeworld Practices of Two Musician-Educators

This phenomenological study examined the relationship between faith community and socialization. It investigated two musician-educators’ lifeworld practices as educational leaders, focusing on the interplay between religion, music, stewardship, and identity.

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Published online: June 29, 2016

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Sakyong Mipham’s Shambhala as a Playful Road to an Enlightened Society

This study examines Sakyong Miphham's strategies and successes in creating a social movement for an "enlightened society."

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Published online: June 22, 2016

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Carbon-based Brain, Consciousness, Christianity, and the Choices Related to the Cessation of Life

The epistemic awareness of being and non-being and the existential choice to live or die poses an existential question—is death like birth, an imposition?

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Published online: June 3, 2016

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Faith and Religious Considerations in the Effective Operation of a Higher Education Campus in Singapore

A case study conducted at a university campus in Singapore found that including the staff's spiritual beliefs in campus organization was crucial to the effective operation of the campus.

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Published online: May 31, 2016

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